Conservative Alejandro Giammattei swept aside his center-left rival in Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday, and now inherits an unpopular migration deal agreed under duress with the Trump administration that could severely test his country. Yielding to the threat of a raft of economic sanctions from Trump, outgoing Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales agreed to make his country a so-called safe third country for migrants.
A large truck slammed into a crowd gathered on a dark highway in western Guatemala Wednesday night, killing at least 30 people and leaving bodies scattered on the roadway. A video circulating on social media showed bodies strewn on the roadway while several people cry and shout for help. President Jimmy Morales tweeted his condolences over the tragedy and said his government would coordinate aid to the families of the victims.
Opposition politicians in Guatemala want the dismissal of the head of the emergency response agency who they say failed to heed warnings of the Fuego volcano’s deadly Sunday eruption. The death toll raised from 85 to at least 99 on Wednesday, while nearly 200 people remain missing. The opposition is calling for criminal negligence investigation.
The Volcano de Fuego or Volcano of Fire in Guatemala erupted once again this year forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The latest eruption comes after over 100 people were killed during a violent June eruption. Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated from their homes with over 2,000 being housed in shelters.
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday, leaving at least 25 dead and hundreds injured. This was Fuego’s biggest eruption since 1974. The volcano has been spewing rocks, black smoke, and ash into the sky causing Guatemala City’s La Aurora Airport to be closed. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said a national emergency response was launched.
Guatemala’s government defied a decision by a top court to allow the return of Ivan Velasquez, the head of a UN-backed anti-corruption commission. Officials say they have the right to force his replacement. The government challenged the court’s Sunday ruling saying it does not mention Velasquez by name so they can fill his commissioner position.
President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, expelled the head of a United Nations backed Anticorruption panel after they began moving against him, putting the country into a state of chaos. Morales also defied a court ruling a few hours after which blocked his decision stating the matter is the responsibility of the President rather than the court. Morales’ new order is a move against the U.N and also the U.S, which heavily support the panel.